Lydia, Paeng lead batch of PSC Hall of Fame

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AFTER a tough selection process, Asia’s Fastest Woman Lydia De Vega-Mercado, multi-awarded bowler Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno and eight other Filipino sporting legends were chosen by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to comprise the third batch of enshrinees for the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame.

“It is with pride that I announce the 10 newest members of the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez yesterday during the press conference at the PSC Admin Bldg., Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Ramirez, who also headed the Selection and Screening Committee, announced this together with Philippine Olympic Committee representative Ed Picson, Games and Amusements Board representative Dioscoro Bautista, Jr., Philippine Olympian Association President Akiko Thomson-Guevara, national sports association representative Bernie Atienza and media representative Dodo Catacutan, president of the Philippine Sportswriters Association, moments after the second round of final voting of the nominees.

Joining De Vega and Nepomuceno are former Asian Golf Circuit winner Ben Arda, basketball legends Sen. Ambrosio Padilla and Loreto Carbonell, baseball and softball standout Filomeno Codiñera, Jr., decorated keglers Olivia “Bong” Coo and Lita dela Rosa, boxing flyweight champion Erbito Salavarria and Asian Games gold medalist Josephine dela Viña from athletics.

“The committee discussed and voted for 10 nominees to form the third batch of Hall of Fame awardees based on their contributions to Philippine sports guided by the criteria set by the law,” added Thomson-Guevara.

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